I noticed a pattern, as two weeks ago, our topic was JOY, last week we looked at LOVE so we naturally have to dive into PEACE this week because one of my favorite passages of scripture teaches us on the “fruits of the spirit” which include love, joy and peace (just remembered, this is also the salutation I use in this blog, cards, etc.):
Galatians 5:22-23Contemporary English Version (CEV)
22 God’s Spirit makes us loving, happy, peaceful, patient, kind, good, faithful, 23 gentle, and self-controlled. There is no law against behaving in any of these ways.
Galatians 5:22-2321st Century King James Version (KJ21)
22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, 23 meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.
Galatians 5:22-23The Message (MSG)
22-23 But what happens when we live God’s way? He brings gifts into our lives, much the same way that fruit appears in an orchard—things like affection for others, exuberance about life, serenity. We develop a willingness to stick with things, a sense of compassion in the heart, and a conviction that a basic holiness permeates things and people. We find ourselves involved in loyal commitments, not needing to force our way in life, able to marshal and direct our energies wisely.
I am encouraged by the Message bible version as I feel authentic peace just focusing on the last two lines particularly. Well worth repeating: We develop a willingness to stick with things, a sense of compassion in the heart, and a conviction that a basic holiness permeates things and people. We find ourselves involved in loyal commitments, not needing to force our way in life, able to marshal and direct our energies wisely.
Noun: peace; freedom from disturbance; quiet and tranquility. “you can while away an hour or two in peace and seclusion” tranquility, calm, restfulness, peace and quiet, quietness, privacy, solitude…freedom from dispute or dissension between individuals or groups…a ceremonial handshake or kiss exchanged during a service in some churches (now usually only in the Eucharist), symbolizing Christian love and unity.”
Exclamation: peace used as a greeting. used as an order to remain silent.
Sha·lom SHäˈlōm,SHə-/ exclamation: shalom. Used as a salutation by Jews at meeting or parting, meaning “peace.”
Today’s Fast Wednesday is dedicated to all those folks born in the month of February including Aunt Eunice, Mary Edwards, Sylvia Ross and others as well as my sister Stephanie who loves the salutation “Peace.” So, I think of her when I see the peace sign, etc.
Rev. James Cleveland “Peace be still”
Dear Father, we pray for your protection, guidance and blessings as we go through the lent season. For your adversary, the devil, comes to kill, steal and destroy daily but we know that we have victory so we hold on to that faithfully. Your word tells us to “resist the devil and he will flee.” We stand in agreement, that we resist as we pray without ceasing for our sisters, brothers and ourselves. As the song states: The wind and the waves obey your WILL…at your name, every knee bows and every tongue confesses that you are God. Today we thank you for the “old school” prayers, songs and traditions that carried our forefathers through their trials and tribulations as we celebrate Black History month. We embrace them as we create our new traditions and pass them along to our younger generations, and, thank you Lord for seeing us through, down through the generations.
Love, Joy and Peace,
Debra J. Ellis
Reminder AND/OR for those of you just joining us: The purpose of Fast Wednesdays is to draw near to God on this specific day of the week fasting and praying in whatever manner the Holy Spirit is leading you as sisters (and some brothers) in Christ…some have fasted from social media, coffee, or observed a traditional fast with no eating from sunrise to sunset with only liquids for the day, no deserts, etc. I know many of us, for various reasons, participate every week but in different manners. This has still been beneficial and the blog continues to grow!
The key ingredient is that we are doing this together as sisters, of all ages, in the Lord, both chronologically and spiritually in accordance to: A God-Filled Life Titus 2:3-5 “Guide older women into lives of reverence so they end up as neither gossips nor drunks, but models of goodness. By looking at them, the younger women will know how to love their husbands and children, be virtuous and pure, keep a good house, be good wives. We don’t want anyone looking down on God’s Message because of their behavior.” Note: Please share Fast Wednesdays with your friends and/or send me names to add to the distribution list. For now, I will post in three places: email (email@example.com), Facebook (Debra Fuller Ellis) and blog in Word Press: https://fastwednesdays.wordpress.com